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by Seth in group seth — 2016-05-27 08:34:10 thought 20969
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May 26, 2016 by Seth
I had a dream about this matrix.  It defines 4 spaces, (A, B, a, b), created by 2 egos interacting.  Each space has a specific context … it contains, as it were, certain things or spirits or processes.   This is another way of thinking about “Bozos Discovery”.
  me you
a b

Some things can be read off of the diagram.   For you to visit a, or for me to visit b, we would necessarily have to leave out egos behind … or we simply could not go into those spaces or behold the things in those contexts.    By definition the same cannot be said about me visiting B or you visiting A. 

pondering What other things can we read off of this diagram?   For example the more my sense channels are practically closed down, the less i will know about the contexts in spaces A, B, or b.  That is the situation when i go to sleep.
by Seth in group seth — 2016-05-26 06:58:56 thought 20964
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Mark de LA of group mark 2016-05-26 10:05:20 [item 20964#52362]
Mark de Los Angeles 2016-05-26 09:08:59 [item 20964#52355]
Egos in boxes doesn’t work for me. I would ask you who is the conductor & engineer for the train of your thoughts & the course of your life? Your emotions? Your actions & doings? 
   … & maybe where is he? 
Seth 2016-05-26 09:30:15 [item 20964#52357]
Well if you think this matrix depicts egos in boxes,  what box would the me ego be within … a or A ?  

But i don’t think this matrix depicts egos in boxes at all.   Were i to depict that i would draw the ego as the box (not what is within the box) … it is that which stands between or separates the inside context from the outside context. 

Does the box control what happens … or as you put it, “conduct and engineer the train of thoughts and the course of my life” ?   I guess you could put it that way.   Where is it?  well wherever i am … that is pretty obvious. 
Mark de Los Angeles 2016-05-26 09:34:46 [item 20964#52358]
Whatever aug-U-meant – is whatever to confining consciousness & sheds little light on human communication & behavior.  I asked a better question. rose
Seth 2016-05-26 09:52:03 [item 20964#52361]
well recognizing that which separates the inside from the outside as “confining consciouness” certainly is understanding human communication & behavior … that is clear to me.   i certainly expect that your question feels better to you.   both of those are examples of what i call Bozos Discovery.
Yep, can’t get out of your box! laughing I ended up reading Pursuing Consciousness on my kindle waiting for an appointment at the clinic. Something always shows up when I read it that applies to the current circumstances & the following is no exception:

8: 12 Manipulation is what most people do most of the time. We speak or interact non-verbally for the purpose of producing some effect or reaction in the other person. We’re attempting to generate an impression or to alter another’s experience in some way that serves a purpose of our own. Recall some of your past interactions in this light and notice how much was actually not communication at all but simply verbal manipulation. No matter how innocently it’s done or how well-intentioned it seems, it is still a manipulation.

8: 13 Communication, on the other hand, is simply and honestly sharing an experience, period. The only motivation behind it is to get it across. The communication may provide information, or create understanding, or some such, but that is a result of the shared experience itself. It is not an attempt to indirectly handle your needs by creating some effect in the receiver. Can you see the distinction here?

Ralston, Peter (2015-03-10). Pursuing Consciousness: The Book of Enlightenment and Transformation (Kindle Locations 2435-2442). North Atlantic Books. Kindle Edition. 

Mark de LA of group mark 2016-05-26 10:06:48 [item 20964#52363]
The rest of the chapter is even more useful thumbs up
Seth 2016-05-26 10:54:13 [item 20964#52370]
Mark de Los Angeles 2016-05-26 10:41:32 [item 20964#52367]
Another way of saying it … again … is you drew another map & made another model which see item 20938 for mehr licht .cool
well yes of course i did draw another model and made another map.   no question about it.   such representations are part of how i understand things.   this one was a representation of something that emerged in an actual dream … which was far more detailed … which level of detail is yet too deep in my subjective private mind to manifest it in writings or graphics and may well be just random drama to titilate my feelings.   the part i did represent here i thought was tangeable enough that it could be shared by others.
Mark de LA of group mark 2016-05-26 13:01:06 [item 20964#52375]
Seth 2016-05-26 11:18:54 [item 20964#52371]
mark: the wallaby/metaphor of a train conductor navigating my mind which during contemplation seems to have many conductors was an interesting one to share & your wallaby at the time seemed to be a good or first place to park the train

yes certainly thumbs up.   a different model from mine … might even be interesting to compare the two.   i am failure with that model as a Homunculus … a image of my being within my being. 

my model that you provoked by your comment was more of a sea urchin filtering morsels from water  … itself being the wall between inside and outside … and navigating and swimming that way.   that one seems to match my experience better.  

no judgment however … its up to you to express yours better to me.  who knows, i might even notice that it matches better were it to have more detail.  what actual features can you read off of it?

Mark de LA 2016-05-26 11:22:53 [item 20964#52372]
There is no homunculus in mine! Must be in your model of what you think my model is.  I just got the train metaphor from the clutter beginning meditation this AM – so many partial conversations enticing my attention to continue along a train of thought.
Seth 2016-05-26 12:48:14 [item 20964#52374]
who is navigating the train?   if it is, as you say, the lur of “partial conversations”, then what agent chooses which ones get attention and determines where the train goes?  you called it the “navigator” … but in the language of philosophy such a navigator is a homunculus .. that is the way that word has been used … research it, i am pretty sure you will find what in my mind garnered that association.   not that there is anything wrong with it.   my only complaint with it is that it just kicks the can down the road … why not just say that “you” select what to pay attention to.   yet when the train goes in a direction, not of “your” choosing, who changed the track?
Nope! still no homunculus – see Wikipedia “A homunculus (Latin for "little man", plural: "homunculi"; from the masculine diminutive form of homo, "man") is a representation of a small human being. Popularized in sixteenth century alchemy and nineteenth century fiction, it has historically referred to the creation of a miniature, fully formed human. “  .. AC referred to such as something related to their sex magick.
I described what I used the train metaphor for above which stands sua spontesmug
← Goethe’s Faust illustration
Mark de LA of group mark 2016-05-26 13:23:26 [item 20964#52377]
Seth 2016-05-26 13:13:39 [item 20964#52376]
a more pertinent article in Wikipedia is the “Homunculus argument”. 
see also the Turtles all the way down objection, bottom of article.

yet i am sure you can restate your model eliminating the objection.  i am just trying to provoke that clarification … to get at that which now remains deep inside you.
Again this has nothing to do with what I wrote but enjoy the glow of whatever you think you said & how brilliant you think you said it. 
She should have died hereafter;
There would have been a time for such a word.
— To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury
Signifying nothing.

Macbeth (Act 5, Scene 5, lines 17-28)


Mark de LA of group mark 2016-05-26 13:42:57 [item 20964#52378]
Or much shorter meme:
Mark de LA of group mark 2016-05-26 14:01:29 [item 20964#52384]
Seth 2016-05-26 10:26:07 [item 20964#52365]
well you cannot get out of the box, because you are the box.  that is in the sense of “you” referring to your ego.   so it hangs together nicely to consider the ego as the box …  rather than something that is in the box.   it becomes even clearer (perhaps) if you behold a turbulent river … imagine a portion of the the river being contained in an imaginary box … now imagine the imaginary box disappearing.   It is clear to me that the stronger the actual box the more what is inside of it will be distinct from what is outside of it … the more it will survive as a coherent box inside the turbulent river.  that model holds together quite well and even matches with tag alan watts

i think i do both 8.12 and 8.13,  as do we all.  but i do tend to avoid manipulation … i am not all that good at it anyway.  i tend rather to try to anticipate the effect of my speech and actions on others and even their reactions back on myself. 
Mark de Los Angeles 2016-05-26 10:29:39 [item 20964#52366]
… which is just more manipulation.  Maybe read the chapter for mehr licht .thumbs up
Seth 2016-05-26 10:47:01 [item 20964#52368]
well i called what i just said to you as expressing to you the relivant context in the matrix labeled “a” which was pertinent directly to your comment.    i call that attempted communication and find it strange that you call it manipulation.  But your last sentence i see only as manipulation … you clearly want me to read the chapter. 
Mark de Los Angeles 2016-05-26 10:52:59 [item 20964#52369]
Yep, RWG is the ultimate manipulation – hard to unautomate … I’m guilty too … best to ignore all that I disagree with … then too the wallaby/metaphor of a train conductor navigating my mind which during contemplation seems to have many conductors was an interesting one to share & your wallaby at the time seemed to be a good or first place to park the train … pondering
nathan 2016-05-26 13:50:04 [item 20964#52380]
Please refer to thought 20937  
Pellick notwithstanding – it’ll be nice when comments can be moved as well. It is interesting that this showed up recently on Facebook after I wrote my own version of the train metaphor:
thumbs up (from Peter Ralston)
Mark de LA of group mark 2016-05-26 14:37:03 [item 20964#52400]
Seth 2016-05-26 14:21:47 [item 20964#52394]
for me on aspect of mark’s “train metaphor” holds where thoughts are habitually connected to each other or even externally … for example: every time i take a shit i think of laying down … every time i think of an avocado, i think of an avocado sandwich … etc, to much more elaborate trains of thought.  and then too such trains interact to construct new ones, with may or may not take hold … if i think of an avacado while taking a shit, i might just think of eating a avocado sandwich in bed laugh
Mark de LA 2016-05-26 14:27:53 [item 20964#52397]
Actually, Seth somewhere PR in that quote in section 8 of consciousness he describes what you are saying about habitual connections.  I on the other hand was speaking about such stuff in the mind what is begging for attention to follow & connect it verbally to yet another train and/or have a conversation. 
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Seth 2016-05-26 14:34:49 [item 20964#52398]
ahh yes thumbs up… i get a lot of those … things that hint of a new connection or discovery … something noticed that tells me it is connected to something that is just beyond the horizon of the context of things in my mind at the moment.   i expect it is there, but i can’t put my finger on it.   this thought itself was just such a provocation. 
Mark de LA 2016-05-26 14:36:06 [item 20964#52399]
some just sentence fragments, words, pictures, sounds  …. i.e. mind-garbage.surprise
May 25, 2016 by Seth
modeling the sauce after the classic betty crocker recipe.

The meatballs themselves were spot on … i used 2 duck eggs from healthy horizons family farm down the street, breadcrumbs made from drying my favorite bread, and a healthy amount of dried sage from the farmstand, plus some onions and salt and ground pepper.   I thought they were spot on. 

I think the Betty Crocker sauce recipe makes the meatballs too sweet … next time try using honey or a  lot less sugar in proportion.   Good though … denises liked them. 
by Seth in group seth — 2016-05-25 09:10:11 thought 20963
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Mark de LA of group mark 2016-05-26 09:40:26 [item 20963#52360]
Mark de Los Angeles 2016-05-26 09:21:21 [item 20963#52356]
thumbs up What part do you suppose the duck versus chicken eggs played in the over all dish? 
Seth 2016-05-26 09:37:54 [item 20963#52359]
not much difference between duck and chicken eggs.   and whatever difference there is would have gotten baked away.   i used duck because that is all Kristen has at the farm.
Seth 2016-05-26 12:15:17 [item 20963#52373]

and here they are again over some noodles from the renton farmers market last year. 

i redid the sauce, now less sweet and more savary with sage and honey.  … still the dish was too sweet.
May 24, 2016 by Seth

We need motility between TD domains. 
by Seth in group seth — 2016-05-24 14:24:47 thought 20961
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May 24, 2016 by Seth


me dead in the woods …

see if your GPS will find my bucket before it rots.

zoom is in google docs selfie directory.   unfortunately apparently the phone didn't transmit the geo coordinates … so lots of luck finding my rotting corpse … hint, it will not be where i usually go into the woods.
by Seth in group seth — 2016-05-23 12:09:02, changed 2016-05-24 13:17:36 thought 20955
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Mark de LA of group mark 2016-05-23 13:12:15 [item 20955#52312]
If you are dead how did you blog this shit?  … don’t answer (ha ha)laughing
Mark de LA of group mark 2016-05-24 14:37:26 [item 20955#52353]
2D selfie, eh?
May 23, 2016 by Seth
the context of these essays starts here with man

the basic assumptions of his ontolgy conveniently are at the top …

Man is a microcosm: that is, an image (concentrated around the point of consciousness) of the macrocosm, or Universe. This Theorem is guaranteed by the hylo-idealistic demonstration that the perceptible Universe is an extension, or phantasm, of the nervous system.

It follows that all phenomena, internal and external, may be classified for the purpose of discussing their observed relations, in any manner which experience may show to be the most convenient. (Examples: the elaborate classifications of science, chemical, physical, etc., etc. There is no essential truth in any of these aids to thinking: convenience is the sole measure.) Now for the purposes of analysing the spiritual nature of man, of recording and measuring his experiences in this kind, of planning his progress to loftier heights of attainment, several systems have been devised. That of the Abhidhamma is on the surface alike the most practical, the most scientific, and the most real; but for European students it is certainly far too unwieldly, to say nothing of other lines of criticism.

Therefore, despite the danger of vagueness involved in the use of a system whose terms are largely symbolic, I have, for many reasons, preferred to present to the world as an international basis for classification, the classico-mathematical system which is vulgarly and erroneously (though conveniently) called the Qabalah.

    by Seth in group seth — 2016-05-23 09:02:01 thought 20954
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    May 23, 2016 by Seth
    We drove the car to the Tukwla light rail station and then the train all the way to new station just built next to Husky Stadium of the Unversity of Washington. 

    The question is can these two old people take the link light rail train to the new UDub station and then walk to the street fair.

    Ok fact is we did it.  The map does not show that the trip from the station to the fair is up hill … or that it is quite a bit easier just to take the 44 which we did on the way back.

    Navigating from the station to the fair was kind of fun,  we used Siri .. unfortunately Google GPS does not seem to have a walking app, it was taking us on the freeway for some strange reason. 
    by Seth in group seth — 2016-05-22 08:37:05, changed 2016-05-23 06:26:01 thought 20952
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    May 23, 2016 by Seth

    “the deeper something is inside myself, the clearer it appears to me,  yet the more difficult it is to communicate  to others”

    bozo faust

    The simply will not understand it.  If you think about it, this discovery is obvious.   I am so very unique and particular,  you might even call me peculiar – no one else has had my strange history and experiences.  I do believe each of you other guys can honestly say the same thing about yourselves.  The deeper and more intricately a  thing is connected inside of that … inside of myself ... the more subjective it is to me … and the  less it is connected to those things that connect us together which we have learned to share. 

    Even though this discovery is obvious, almost goes without saying, should not even be controversial, i  have never heard people talk about it.  It is not something that your parents told you before you started grade school.  It is not a meme that is widly circulated on the Web.  Apparently it is something that, on first blush, is trivially true, so quite uninteresting to talk about ...  But is it?

    You might wonder where knowing this fact might make an actual difference.  Well next time something new is  extremely clear to you, so obviously true that you expect almost everyone will know it too, notice if when you describe it whether others understand what you are saying and also agree.   Notice under what circumstances others understand and see the same thing, and under what circumstances they do not.  

    We can say this more generally simply by saying, “the more subjective, the less objective”.   Sound more obvious said that way?

     Now it might be said that to truly understand a thing … (a spirit) … it would need to be felt, not merely thought about.  It would need to have a qualia to me.   After all my thoughts of a thing, of a spirit, are not the spirit … see “The map is not the territory.”.   Or said differently, to understand something i must experience it. 

    So if we introduce this extra requirement into what it means to understand somebody else’s deep “shit”,  we should see more and more how “Bozos Discovery” is so obviously true … for how can I feel  about something of which i have no experience, and i have no experience of that which is  deeply  personal inside another.   Or said differently from the other’s point of view,  how can they understand me without having the very same experiences as have I?

    Of course this is where tag golden rule comes into play.  It legislates that we should understand somebody else’s deep shit just as understand our own … which is easier said than done, for we cannot just according to Bozo’s Discovery … but the law says that we should anyway.  Now this is a ticklish thing, with many aspects, not least being i changed  “Do unto others ...” to “Understand others ...” … which switch is still in the sprit of the Rule in this context.
    new There is a corollary to this discovery.   I cannot expect my deep intricately connected subjective self to meaningfully interact in an environment with is foreign to me.   I noticed this one day when i felt like totally walking away from my current environment at the time … just walking out the door with what backpack of tools that i had in hand.   I actually did it … got a couple of blocks away before i realized it would not work.  not because i was afraid i could not survive … that was the easy part, many a time proven to myself  … but rather because my new environment would have no meaningful connections with my inside self.   Understanding how this is a corollary to the understanding of another deep inside self,  might shed light of what i am talking about.  Hint, it has to do with how intrically connected everything is within my subjective being and how particular, even peculiar, those vast complex connections actually are. 
    by Seth in group seth — 2016-05-20 05:30:41, changed 2016-05-23 05:27:11 thought 20945
    May 21, 2016 by Seth

    eaten at the bar …

    + two glasses of their house white wine, and a cup of hot chocolate, shown here … see thought 20845
    by Seth in group seth — 2016-05-21 16:03:10 thought 20951
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